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June 27, 2013 at 10:07 AM

Sims endorses Murray in mayor’s race

Former King County Executive Ron Sims Thursday threw his support in the Seattle mayor’s race to State Sen. Ed Murray, citing Murray’s ability to build coalitions to improve transportation and the city’s schools. “I really was enthusiastic about endorsing him. I want him to be the next mayor of Seattle,” said Sims, who retired last year…

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March 11, 2013 at 10:44 AM

Ron Sims says he won’t run for mayor of Seattle

Former King County Executive Ron Sims squashed months of speculation this morning, saying he will not run for mayor of Seattle in 2013. In an interview on KUOW’s Weekday with host Steve Scher, Sims kept the suspense going for a while, making a passionate case that the next mayor ought to use the “bully pulpit” to demand “world class…

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March 7, 2013 at 3:43 PM

Poll puts McGinn re-election support at 15 percent in crowded field

A new Survey USA poll conducted for KING 5 finds weak numbers for Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn as he heads into his re-election campaign.

The poll of 647 registered voters, which tested McGinn against several announced and rumored rivals, found just 15 percent of voters said they’d support the incumbent. That was tied with former King County Executive Ron Sims, who has so far announced no plans to run. Seattle City Councilmember Tim Burgess, who has announced his campaign, placed third with 10 percent support.

The rest of the field, including state Sen. Ed Murray, Councilmember Bruce Harrell and former Councilmember Peter Steinbrueck, managed only single-digit support. And 34 percent of voters said they are simply undecided.

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December 11, 2012 at 1:20 PM

Sims doesn’t mention mayor’s race in Urban League speech

In his keynote speech at Tuesday’s Urban League breakfast, former King County Executive Ron Sims, who has been considering a run against Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, didn’t mention the race. Sims, who served most recently as deputy secretary of U.S. Housing and Urban Development, instead blasted the region’s public schools, saying they are creating a generation of “haves…

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November 30, 2012 at 6:00 AM

Friday politics: mayoral wanna-be Facebook page, state Senate leadership, Grover Norquist

Good Morning. Happy Friday. Who’s running for Seattle mayor in 2013? Lots of people. And some are just toying with the idea before, well, likely running. Former Seattle City Council member — or should I say, friends of Steinbrueck — have launched a beg-Peter-to-run Facebook page. Publicola has more details.  Scroll down…

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November 13, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Staadecker reports a $40,000 early start for his 2013 mayoral campaign

Local realtor Charlie Staadecker reports he has raised $40,000 in the first month of his 2013 campaign for Seattle mayor. Staadecker, 69, of Mount Baker, runs a commercial real estate firm. His campaign kicked off a month ago with a theme song and four pillars: education, jobs and economic security, quality of life, and safety…

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July 11, 2012 at 6:05 AM

Wednesday briefing: the Pflug/Rossi/Wilbur matter; Sims not backing Nickels; Publicola back

Good morning. Former state Sen. Cheryl Pflug  is unhappy — really unhappy — that former Republican  gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi was named interim fill-in for her old Senate seat, serving until the next election is certified. Keep in mind that wouldn’t include a legislative session or vote, as far as anybody can tell. He…

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